Selection Process for NDA

The NDA Selection Process 2018 is primarily divided into two stages, the first is a written examination and the second is SSB Interview. The candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test are required to participate in the Selection Process of NDA 2018.

The candidates meeting the NDA Cut Off for their respective categories are required to appear for the interview before the selection boards of Army, Navy and Air Force.

Written Examination

The written examination is the first stage of the selection of candidates. The successful candidates from the first stage would be only invited to participate in the next round.

• NDA 2018 is a 900 marks test- further divided into two sections: Mathematics and General Ability Test.

• Duration of the exam is 180 minutes comprising objective type questions.

• Minimum qualifying marks is decided by the commission for participating in the selection process.

• Qualifying candidates have to sit for the interview consisting of Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence or Personality test.

SSB Interview (Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test) The SSB Interview is the second and final round of NDA Selection Process. The SSB Interview round comprises two separate tests – Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

The two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test has been introduced at Selection Centres. The qualifying candidates have to be put to stage for test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres.

Only those candidates who qualify at stage 1 will be called for the remaining tests. Qualifying candidates have to submit the following Original Certificates along with one photocopy each of:
• Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth,
• Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.

To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in:
i. Written examination of NDA 2018 as set by the Commission.
ii. Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by SSB at their discretion.

NOTE: Besides, candidates with first choice for the Air Force, and all the SSB qualified candidates with one choice as Air Force, should separately qualify the PABT (Pilot Aptitude Test) and Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS), if fulfil the eligibility for Air Force. .

NDA Application Form

Before filling the application, candidates must check the guidelines to fill the application form. Here we have mentioned some major details about the NDA registration : ADMISSION CRITERION

• UPSC has provided the NDA application form through online mode.
• Application form has been released from 9th January (for NDA I) and 7th August (for NDA II).
• The registration form comprises of two parts, i.e. Part I and Part II.
• Candidates have to provide their general details in the Part I.
• In Part II, candidates have to select their exam, pay the application fee and upload the scanned images of photograph and signature.
• The images should be in JPG format with photograph (3KB – 40KB) and signature (1KB – 40KB) size.
• No correction facility provided after the final submission of UPSC NDA application form.
• No need to send the printout of the application form to the UPSC.

Application Fee :

• Candidates have to pay the application fee through debit/credit card and SBI net banking.
• Fee payment can also be done through challan of SBI bank.
• The application fee is Rs. 100/-.
• SC/ST candidates, Sons of JCOs, NCOs & Ors are exempted from the payment of application fee.


Follow these steps for filling the NDA application form:
Step 1- Apply online on Official Website.
Step 2- Fill the Application Form followed by Part-1
and Part-2 registration.
Step 3- Read Declaration and Click on Agree.

Step- 1: Apply online
• Visit the official website (link is given above).
• A new page will be opened on the screen.
• On the top right-hand side of the webpage, there are two links namely: “PART-I Registration” and “PART-II
• Click on Part – 1 Registration.

Step- 2: Fill the Application Form
PART-I Registration:
• As you click on the link of “Part-1 Registration”, a new webpage will appears on the screen. Here, Important Instructions to fill Online Application Form is given.
• Read the instructions carefully and click on ‘Yes’ button available on the bottom of the screen.
• Clicking on ‘Yes’ button takes you to the application form.
• Part-1 registration is divided broadly into four pages.
Page- 1: Candidate’s Details (Registration) Enter your Personal Details
• In this page, the system asks for the candidate’s personal details.
• Enter your Name, DOB, Father’s name, Mother’s name, Aadhaar Number (if available), Nationality, Fee Remission Allowed , Community, minority, marital status, etc.
Enter your Qualification Details:
From here select your qualification details. There are four options indicated by the drop down menu.
• Enter your complete address in the prescribed fields.
• Email id must be valid and also enter your personal contact number or the phone number of your parents.
• After feeding all the details, click on ‘Continue’ button.
Note: The candidates belong to SC/ST need not to pay the application fee against NDA application form. Those who are the sons of ex-serviceman/ JCO/NCO and Other Ranks of the Army are also not required to pay any fee for the application form. If such candidates are currently pursuing their studies form Sainik or military school then they are required to produce the certificate of eligibility duly signed by the principals at the time of SSB interview.

Page- 2: Choosing the Branch Preferences
• In this page, the aspirants have to choose the preferences for Indian Army, Air Force and Navy.
• Mark the preferences in numbers from 1 to 4.
• Mark ‘0’ in that field for which candidates don’t want to give any preference.
• This page also asks the information about Whether Student of Sanik/Military School or Son of JCO/NCO/Other Rank Officer?
• Mark your response in Yes or No.
• Click on “Continue” button for moving to the fourth page.
Page- 3: Verify Your Details
• In this page, the candidates can update their details by clicking on ‘Update’ button.
• Verify your details properly as no correction will be allowed after the submission of application form. At last Mark I agree/I do not agree.
Page- 4: Generation of Registration ID
• At this page, the candidates are able to view the system generated ‘Registration ID’. This page also shows candidate’s other details like name, father’s name, DOB, email id, etc.
• Now, the “Part- 1 Registration” of NDA application form has been completed. The email regarding this will be sent to the candidate’s provided mail id. Now login for the “Part – II registration“
Note: Don’t forget to take the printout of this page. Click on “Print” option available there. Also, note down the registration id and DOB as it is required in further stages.

PART-II Registration:

It involves four steps:
1. Fee Payment.
2. Filling the Choice for Examination Centre.
3. Uploading of Photograph.
4. Uploading of Signature

Fee Payment:
• The payment can be done through cash/credit card/debit card or net banking.
• Pay the application fee via cash deposited to any branch of the SBI bank.
• The candidates can also use the credit card/debit card of any bank for the fee payment.
• The payment through internet banking will be done using the internet banking facility of State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State
Bank of Travancore.
• After the successful payment of application fee, an SMS alert will be sent to the candidates. The candidates who are exempted to pay the application will receive the SMS alert after uploading of the images. Filling the Choices for

Examination Centres:

• Choose the appropriate examination centre as per your suitability.
• Candidates can choose any one examination centre. Uploading of Photograph: This step provides you the space for uploading the image of
photograph. Read carefully all the instructions before go through the upload steps:
• The size of the photograph must be less than 40 kb and greater than 3 kb.
• The image of photograph must be in .jpg format.
• 140 pixels height x 110 pixels width is required for photograph.
• Bit Depth of image file should be 24 bit. Uploading of Signature:
• Put your signature with a black ink pen on white background.
• Image of signature must be the .jpg format.
• The pixel size of the signature should be 110 pixels height x 140 pixels width.
• The file size of the signature must be less than 40 kb and greater than 1 kb.
• Bit Depth of image file should be 24 bit.
Note: The image preview will be generated after uploading. Here, the candidates can recheck his/her uploaded images.
• If satisfied with the uploaded image then, click on “Confirm Upload” button, otherwise click the “Reload Photograph/Reload Signature” button.
Step- 3: Read Declaration and Click on Agree The application form will be completed after the submission
of Part- 2 Registration. Click on ‘I have read Declaration & Agree’ button for the final submission of NDA online form.
• Now you can print the application form. Key Features
• The applicants submitted their form through online mode is not needed to send any document/certificate to the UPSC.
• The message of final submission of the application form will be received by the candidates via e-mail.
• “View/Print Application” link is available on the home page for viewing the submitted application form.

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